Belize is one of the most interesting tropical beach getaways that you could experience to visit. Located in Central America and situated with Mexico to its north, Guatemala surrounding it’s western and southern boarders and the Caribbean Sea, lying to its East, Belize is smack bang in the middle of Central America.
With a population of around 330,000 English-speaking people, Belize is the only country in Central America that has English as its official language therefore attracting many North American tourists every year. A major cruise destination Belize has tourist attractions to suit many different kinds of tourist experiences.
With a coastline spanning over 300 km long, Belize has many gorgeous and inviting tropical beaches that suit every taste. Apart from the beaches that line the mainland, located just off the coast Belize is the longest barrier reef in the western Hemisphere (185 miles long). Just off from the Belize Barrier Reef there are many beautiful uninhabited tropical beaches scattered through out 200 islands locally referred to as Cayes pronounced “keys”. With many spectacular white sandy beaches lined with palm trees and surrounded by turquoise blue tropical waters full of marine.
THINGS TO DO
Relaxing on a beautiful tropical beach in Belize is not the only thing do in this wonderful country, there are boundless activities you can partake in. Belize has a lot to offer in terms of ecotourism. Head to the country’s wildlife reserves and sample some of the best fauna and fauna you can find. Bird watching is another popular activity you will have the opportunity to partake in. You will also have the opportunity to hike in the tropical jungles of Belize, where the jungles reveal the ancient hidden archaeological sites of the Mayan past. Belize is rich in Mayan history with many Mayan ancient temples scattered through out the jungles. Visiting them is an experience into an ancient culture worshiping the sun and is one of the most awe-inspiring experiences in the world.
Also hidden in the jungles are some of the most beautiful large water filled caves, which can be explored through out rafting, tubing and diving enthusiasts. There are many rivers running through Belize giving people who enjoy rafting many opportunities.
Closer to the coast you will find countless beaches where you can snorkel in crystal clear turquoise tropical waters or for the more daring scuba dive on many different dive sites with an abundance of amazing marine life and great visibility.
With many charters available sailing off the coast of Belize around the many Cayes is another wonderful experience you will find exhilarating. Fishing is also another activity you could enjoy. With so much on offer its no wonder Belize attracts one million tourists annually.
Accommodation can be a concern for those traveling on holidays. Belize has accommodation to suit all budgets. The fact that tourism is now one of the country’s major revenues it has meant that locals and foreign investors have built various accommodations in locations such as Placencia, Punta Gorda and Dangriga. You have many options available to you from hotels, guesthouses, lodges, resorts or cottages. You also have beach houses at your disposal.
There are several ways through which you can enter Belize, depending on your location. There are scheduled boat services that originate from Guatemala and Honduras and terminate at Placencia, Dangriga or Punta Gorda. You can also come in by land from Mexico or Guatemala by bus or car. Coming in by air will land you at the Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport near Belize City. You can fly in from several locations such as Guatemala, Mexico and USA (in most cases from Los Angeles). Traveling from Canada, Europe or Australia requires that you catch a connection flight from USA.
Getting around Belize is tourist friendly and quite straightforward. Depending on your destination you want to visit, you will have many options on offer from using boats and ferries (between the islands), bus and tram service (on land). You can also rent a car either at the airport or once in the city. Both Maya Island Air and Tropic Air also provide local air service you can use to move from 1 Island to another. Some of the larger islands have small airports.
WHEN TO GO
Belize generally experiences tropical climate with both dry and wet seasons. Temperatures around the coastline range between 25 to 27 degrees centigrade in the period between January and July. Inland temperatures are slightly higher. Although the best time to travel to Belize is during the dry season, which runs from December to May. Between mid December through until mid January is considered the high tourist season resulting in an increase in accommodation expenses. You may therefore consider traveling to Belize from May to June just before the onset of the heavy rainy season that runs from June to November. During the rainy season many roads leading to tourist destination in the jungles of Belize are closed.